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Russia may increase World Cup budget


Russia appoint CSKA boss Slutsky

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Russia proposes 2018 World Cup budget increase

Russia's preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are continuing to make progress, despite ongoing investigations into the bid process by Swiss authorities.

The Russian government has proposed a 12.5 billion ruble ($175m) increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup, reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year.

A document written by the Sports Ministry and published on a Russian government database on Monday envisages the increase, which would take the budget to 643.8 billion rubles ($9 billion).

That document and another published on Monday proposed various changes to many training bases that will be built for the tournament, but it was not clear...

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New Russia coach Leonid Slutsky looks to veterans to save Euro 2016 bid

Leonid Slutsky has no players under age 24 in his Russia squad.

New Russia coach Leonid Slutsky is putting his trust in veteran players as he tries to save his team's hopes of reaching next year's European championship.

Slutsky took over as coach of the 2018 World Cup host on Aug. 7 on a short-term deal after poor results under his predecessor Fabio Capello left Russia in danger of failing to reach Euro 2016.

His first Russia squad focuses on veterans, with no players younger than 24 and seven over the age of 30, a profound change after Capello had tried to...

Sepp Blatter urges Europe to back his '6 plus 5' local talent rule

Spain and Italy were drawn together as the qualifying groups of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia were decided.

ZURICH -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked western Europe for "a little good will" to follow Russia and limit foreign players in club lineups.

Blatter promotes his "6-plus-5" idea in FIFA's weekly magazine, to "honor local talent" by forcing clubs to start matches with six players eligible for the national team.

His original proposal caused conflict with Michel Platini's UEFA before being dropped in 2010 because the European Union protects workers' free movement.

Blatter says non-English players...

Russia appoint CSKA Moscow's Leonid Slutsky to replace Fabio Capello

MOSCOW -- Russia have appointed CSKA Moscow's Leonid Slutsky as the new coach of the national team on a short-term deal in a bid to rescue their stuttering 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign.

Slutsky, 44, replaces Fabio Capello following the Italian's departure last month after poor results left Russia sitting third in Group G, outside the automatic qualifying places.

Slutsky's contract runs only until the end of the qualifying campaign in October for group games, or November for the...

Vitaly Mutko set to take control of Russian football union

Vitaly Mutko will take over the vacant position of president of the Russian Football Union.

MOSCOW -- Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is expected to take control of the country's football association in September.

Mutko is running unopposed for the vacant presidency of the Russian Football Union after cutting a deal with his only rival in the race, nationalist member of parliament Igor Lebedev.

As well as his ministerial role, Mutko is also chairman of Russia's 2018 World Cup organizing committee and a member of the FIFA executive committee.

Lebedev, the son of nationalist political...